Air Traffic Surges 22.5% in November

Continuing the growth trajectory, domestic air traffic surged 22.45% to 89.66 lakh passengers in November as low fares and introduction of new routes and services in the winter schedule of the local carriers helped them fly more passengers.All Indian airlines together had transported a total of 73.22 lakh passengers in November 2015.
However, seat factor, which is a measure of how much of an airline's passenger carrying capacity is used or average percentage of seats filled in an aircraft, in November almost remained flat compared to October 2016.
Budget carrier IndiGo continues its domination in the domestic market, having flown 37.73 lakh passengers during the month and cornered 42.1% market share in this period.As against this, Jet Airways together with its subsidiary JetLite clocked 17.3% market share by carrying 16.54 lakh passengers in the period.
Air India stood a third with a market share of 12.9%, having flown 11.57 lakh passengers while budget carrier SpiceJet cornered 12.8% of the total domestic passenger traffic in November, having flown 11.48 lakh passengers during the period. Another budget airline GoAir managed to get just 8% of the market pie as it ferried 7.20 lakh passengers in the previous month.
With a load factor of 95.5% , low cost carrier SpiceJet saw the maximum occupancy in its aircraft in the month. Rival IndiGo ranked fourth in terms of number of flight cancellations, after new entrant Air Carnival, regional carrier TrueJet and budget carrier GoAir, as it failed to operate as much as 1.46% of its total flights in November 2016.

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